Woods wasn't fully aware of all the commotion going on behind him as he strolled down the 18th fairway, chatting and smiling with playing partner Rory McIlroy in the final group.
ATLANTA, Sept 23 ― Tiger Woods is one round away from ending his five-year victory drought after storming into a three-shot lead on day three of the Tour Championship here yesterday.
In March, Woods played a meaningful Sunday round when he finished tied for second at the Valspar Championship.
Tiger Woods holds up the Clamity Jane Putter after winning the TOUR Championship 2018. "I knew I had to birdie one of the last two", Rose said.
And, as it turned out, so had golf fans.
"It was just a grind out there. Loved every bit of it". The fight, the grind, the tough conditions.
"I just didn't know whether this would ever happen again".
"This is going to be up there with one of the better accomplishments I have had, " Woods said about the possibility of winning Sunday. "I started tearing up a little bit", Woods said.
And then he brought it back to life this year, especially the last four days at East Lake.
"So, that helps. I don't have to shoot 63 or 64 and hope I get help".
Tiger's triumph: Woods' five-year quest for victory finally ends
During the week at East Lake Golf Club, Woods ranked 3rd in driving accuracy (64 percent) and 6th in Strokes Gained: Putting. The 42-year-old returned to golf this season after missing most of the previous two years with a debilitating back injury.
"It was really special to see them there", Woods said. He walked away as the victor of the 2018 Tour Championship. In the aftermath of two-stroke success at East Lake, the 42-year-old was of a mind to treasure the journey to this point.
Tiger Woods had a five-shot lead after six holes of the final round, and there is no other player that generates interest in the sport, especially after the back surgeries he has overcome.
Woods also is a -220 favorite over Mickelson in their match play event in November in Las Vegas.
Billy Horschel closed the gap to four shots after after a four-under-par final round 66, but Woods looked to be in control.
Woods created some tense moments down the stretch with back-to-back bogeys on Nos.
But he steadied the ship with a dogged par on the 17th and then closed out the win with a par on 18.
But neither put on any pressure.
He said he felt very emotional about his comeback.
While Woods won the PGA Tour Championship, he did not win the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus that goes with it. Justin Rose birdied on his last hole, keeping Woods from his third FedEx title.
"I left myself in good spots, too, so I was able to take a run at some of the putts".